On September 1, 2010, Mr. Persichini accepted the position of the Executive Director of the Washington DC Police Foundation. The Washington DC Police Foundation brings together business, civic, nonprofit and professional communities and individuals to promote public safety through support of acting Chief of Police, Peter Newsham and the Metropolitan Police Department.
On November 3, 2006, Joseph Persichini, Jr., was designated by Director Robert S. Mueller as the Assistant Director in Charge of the Washington Field Office (WFO). During his tenure at WFO, Mr. Persichini was involved in leading major events, such as the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, large-scale investigations in critical areas like Public Corruption, terrorist Anthrax Mailings of 2001 and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Active in both the business community and with local residents, Mr. Persichini revitalized the outreach activities of the division to all communities, including creation of multi-cultural organizations such as the Arab, Muslim, Sikh Advisory Council (AMSAC). Based upon Mr. Persichini’s leadership with AMSAC and other organizations, he was awarded the 2009 Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) Public Service Award. Also, WFO was awarded the D.C. Chamber of Commerce Community Service award in 2006 and identified by Washingtonian Magazine as the Best Place to Work in 2007.
Mr. Persichini joined the FBI in September of 1976, and has subsequently served in Alexandria, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; New York City; Miami; Cleveland and Washington DC field offices.
Mr. Persichini was born February 24, 1954, in Buffalo, New York. He attended Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting.
On December 25, 2009, Mr. Persichini retired from the FBI after 33 years of dedicated service.
In 2009 Mr. Persichini received the Medal of Merit award from Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier, for his commitment and dedication to the citizens of the District of Columbia.
Mr. Persichini is a member of the Advisory Board of the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, HEROES of Washington, D.C. and the National Law Enforcement Museum. Additionally, Mr. Persichini is a founding board member of the newly created National Police Foundation’s Network and Chair of the IACP Foundation Track. Since arriving at the Washington DC Police Foundation, he has doubled the revenue and expanded youth programs. In the Fall of 2016, he was instrumental in opening the first Public Safety Academy at Anacostia High School, where he held the role of Advisory Board Chair.
In August of 2017, Mr. Persichini joined the National Football League (NFL) Security Team now being led by former Chief of Police of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department Cathy Lanier. Chief Lanier became the VP of Security for the NFL in January of 2017.